Monday, September 15, 2014

Corduroy Jacket into Skirt

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Last winter I turned an old corduroy jacket of DeForest's into a skirt!  The original jacket (I'd already removed one of the sleeves) is above,and the skirt is below.  It's quite comfortable, adjustable, and warm - the perfect fall or spring skirt to wear with a pair of boots as the weather is changing.


This skirt is a quasi/fake wrap-around skirt.  Frankly, all the stress of my life over the past two years has caused a bit of shape fluctuation in my midriff and hips, and it's important to me to make my clothes adjustable, as I'm not sure what my body shape will be in the future.  I no longer make full wrap-around skirts, as I did in high school.  I find it annoying to have my skirt flapping around and potentially exposing myself in wind.  Instead, I make fake wrap-arounds, where the front "flap" is almost entirely sewn down.  I leave the last few inches of the wrapped-around overlap unsewn at the top, so that the skirt waist is adjustable by a few inches.  

The first step in the process of making the skirt was removing the sleeves of the jacket.  The sleeves then got turned into the waistband/belt.


The long rectangle got folded in half and sewn to the top of the skirt, then turned and topstitched.


The original hole where the sleeves were got sewn shut at an angle to smooth the transition into the side seam.


Pinterest just saved my bacon on this next step!  I couldn't remember what technique this was, so I went to my board called "how to do useful things," hoping I had pinned it.  Yes! This method is called "bound buttonholes," and it created a beautiful slit in the waistband for the belt to wrap around through.  The first part of this picture shows the outside, and the second part is the inside seam.  This is now a very strong part of the skirt, so I don't have to worry about the stress of the belt ripping through the top layer of the waistband.






I lined the skirt with a lovely red linen from my stash that happened to match perfectly!  It was machine sewn to the inner waistband seam, and then handstitched along the bottom, covering up all the seams on the inside. Gnome thought she was more important than a picture of skirt lining, and jumped in.  She's probably right.  :)  ~Kell

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